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Arguably one of the prettiest treks in India, the Tarsar Marsar lake trek is something straight out of a dream. You will feel like you have crossed the threshold and entered heaven.
Located in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir, the Tarsar Marsar lake trek is a moderate trek that takes gradually takes you up to an altitude of 4000 m. You just need basic level of fitness to complete this beautiful trek. This is the cherry on the cake. You get to witness heavenly beauty without getting tired.
The valley of Kashmir is probably one of the most beautiful creations of the Almighty. The sweet and soothing breeze accompanied by magnificent mountains gives you a sense of serenity and peace.
To start the trek, you will need to reach the base village of the Tarsar Marsar trek i.e. Aru. It is a quaint little village 12 Km from Pahalgam. If you’re coming from Srinagar, you can take a shared taxi to Pahalgam (90 Km from Srinagar), and then take another shared vehicle to reach Aru (12 Km from Pahalgam)
If you’re booking transportation with us, your vehicle will pick you up at Srinagar airport. It will take you around 3 hours to reach Aru. After that, you can explore the place at your pleasure.
We will be camping in Aru. Rest and dream about the amazing and beautiful days to come.
We will be starting our trek today. But not before we have a delicious breakfast, and a warm-up session to get you going. We will be trekking upstream today alongside the Lidder river. Before going into the thick fir and pine forest and leaving Aru behind you, you can see the beauty of the entire Aru valley-a picturesque hamlet of lush meadows filled with flowers and pine trees.
The trail opens into a clearing towards Gujjar huts near Dalla. The shepherds and the agrarian Gujjar community migrate seasonally to these Gujjar huts in the Nandkei village. The trail after Dalla is gentle and the forest is gradually thinning as you move forward and finally opens into grasslands. In this village ecosystem, we can spot Gujjars on horsebacks and shepherds crossing the meadow.
We will pass through the picturesque setting with the fluffy clouds above and be surrounded by the alpine flora and by-passing the village as we gradually move uphill.
After an hour from the village, the trail crosses two clear valley streams which you need to cross over a wooden log bridge. The water from the stream is safe to drink and you can fill your bottles. You can rest near the stream and have your lunch listening to the sound of the river.
From this rest point near the stream, the Lidderwat campsite is another hour trek. The trail to Lidderwat takes you through the fir trees and opens into the meadows of Lidderwat.
The trail to the Tarsar Marsar Lake continues to the valley towards the left. After breakfast, we will trek steeply up the slope and start traversing into the valley. We will be walking alongside a water stream that feeds the Lidder River.
Take a break and have your lunch alongside the stream. From the lunch point, the Shekwas campsite is a gradual 1-hour trek ahead. You will be surrounded by beautiful mountains around you.
Once you reach your campsite, have hot tea and snacks. We’ll be trekking to Jadar Lake in the evening. Jadar is a small yet amazingly beautiful lake amidst the mountains. It gives you a teaser of the Tarsar Marsar Lakes.
We’ll be spending the night at the Shekwas campsite. Have your dinner and rest.
We will be trekking to Tarsar Lake today. We will start ascending from the Shekwas campsite. The snow-clad mountains will slowly start to reveal themselves as you move higher up and towards the Tarsar lake.
We will be trekking for almost 2 hours before the lake reveals itself. Tarsar Lake is nestled between the high and mighty mountains on three sides. It is fed by the glaciers and snow from these massive mountains. You will notice that the lake looks different depending on the season, time of the day, and the weather. But one thing is constant – it is always beautiful.
We will be spending the night near Tarsar Lake.
Today is a pass-crossing day, which lies on the ridge towards the right of the Tarsar Lake. From the campsite, it will take us around 1 hour to reach the top of the ridge. You get amazing views from the top of the pass of Tarsar Lake as well as of the valley on the other side.
Spend some time at the top of the pass, and take a break. After that, start descending to the other side. When you decide, you get the views of the entire valley on your feet. It is an amazing sight, to say the least.
Once we descend down to the base of the pass on the other side, you start ascending alongside a stream coming out of the Sundarsar Lake.
We will be camping next to Sundarsar Lake. The most amazing thing is camping just next to the lake. You don’t even get the chance to camp beside the lakes in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. So, that is something to look forward to. Imagine waking up in the morning, and being greeted by such amazing sights.
We will be walking around Sundarsar Lake and towards Marsar Lake. We’ll be trekking to a ridge on top of Sundarsar Lake from where you get the best views of Marsar Lake. The lake is almost always covered under notorious clouds, so consider yourself to be pretty lucky if you get clear views.
After spending some time at the Marsar viewpoint, we’ll start trekking back towards the Sundarsar campsite. Start your trek towards the Homwas campsite.
We’ll be spending the night at the Homwas campsite.
Today is the last day of the Tarsar Marsar Trek. We’ll be leaving the Homwas campsite and start our trek towards Aru. We’ll be passing the Lidderwat campsite on the way and continue to retrace our steps back to Aru. We will be starting our trek early in the morning so expect to reach Aru by early afternoon.
Once you reach Aru, say goodbye to your staff and trek leader because you’ll be parting ways here. If you opt for transportation with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Aru, and you can expect to reach Srinagar by 7 pm.